Worker protection standard for agricultural pesticides : key features
On August 21, 1992, the U.s. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the final Worker Protection Standard (WPS) governing the protection of employees on farms and in forests, nurseries and greenhouses from occupational exposure to agricultural pesticides. The Standard covers workers in areas treated with pesticides and employees who handle pesticides for use in the production of agricultural plants. The new Standard took effect on October 21, 1992, and is enforceable when a WPS-labeled pesticide is being used. The new Standard expands the requirements for issuing warnings about pesticide applications, using personal protective equipment and restricting entry to treated areas. New requirements have also been added for decontamination, emergency assistance, maintaining contact with handlers of highly toxic pesticides and pesticide safety training. The new Standard also requires that pesticide registrants add appropriate labeling statements referencing the WPS regulations and specifying application restrictions and other regulatory requirements.
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